5 foods that promote healthy living

Dr. Craig Hudson, MD | March 18, 2016

Snacking is even more fun when your cuisine of choice is amping up your health. There are so many incredible superfoods out there, both the well-known and the hidden gems, that make it easy to treat our bodies to detoxification and nourishment. Check out these five little miracles and be sure they’re on your radar the next time you scour the grocery market!

1. Salmon

You likely heard it all the time as a kid: “Fish is brain food.” And it is! 60% of your brain is composed of fatty acids, of which salmon is a very rich source. It coats our neurons, protecting them from injury and reducing cerebral inflammation.  And salmon doesn’t only feed your cranium. It’s a great source of omega-3s, which are excellent for clearing the skin, strengthening and growing the hair, and improving nail health. Talk about an all-in-one.

2. Watermelon

This fruit is a dieter’s salvation: they’re delicious and juicy, but contain so much water that they fill you up fast — plus they quench your thirst while you munch. Cucumbers and celery offer the same benefits, so reach for those when you find yourself daydreaming of chips. The healthy crunch will help crush the craving, even though you’re barely consuming any calories.

3. Tomatoes

Another skin-loving food! Any fruit that’s high in Vitamin C is not only great for kicking a cold, but also for encouraging a youthful, clear-skinned glow. Slicing some tomato onto your sandwich or into your salad is a simple and scrumptious way to spoil your body with a mini-detox. Same goes for other “C”-rich foods like oranges, strawberries and broccoli.

4. Chia seeds

Big things really do come in small packages. These tiny things are packed with benefits, offering up omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and calcium – so by adding a spoonful into your entrée, you’re promoting brain health, digestive regularity and stronger bones. And the best part? They blend easily into so many of our favourite daily foods, from smoothies to stir-fries. 

5. Organic pumpkin seeds

These are a source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid – and it’s what Zenbev Drink Mix is comprised of. This ingredient is light-sensitive and metabolizes differently in light and dark conditions. In the daytime, tryptophan becomes serotonin, which regulates mood, emotion and appetite, and alleviating stress, anxiety and depression. And come bedtime, when you take another dose, the tryptophan turns into serotonin, which then metabolizes into melatonin, the sleep hormone. This is how ZenBev works — an all-natural drink mix crafted from the tryptophan found in pumpkin seeds, it promises fast-acting relief from sluggish days and sleepless nights. 

Add these five healthy food items to your grocery list and next time you stumble into the kitchen looking for that mid-meal snack, you may do your body well!